Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Wishing you all a happy holiday season and a wonderful new year

Now go wreak some havoc and may your dreams come true!

Monday, November 21, 2011

R2 meets DD2

       A little birthday painting for my friend Karen :)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Introducing Robo Math!

Having trouble remembering your 7 times tables? Can't seem to divide 84 by 4? Or maybe, just maybe, you've got a child who needs a fun and simple way to practice their math facts so they can ace those pesky pop quizes.

If any of these fit your situation, have no fear! Robo Math is here!

Helo Games invited me to created the art for this awesome App and it's been on the 'What's Hot' top 20 page in Educational Apps on the iTunes store for weeks. Pretty mathtastic, huh?!

click here to visit the Robo Math iTunes App page

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Pockets Mag - Just Like Me

Do you ever find yourself craving the food your drawing? Maybe it's just me, but it happens all the time. Last month's Pockets Magazine's illos had me drinking juice boxes and munching on crackers.

You can only imagine how bad it was when I was designing these toy food labels last year... "Must have peanut butter." [15 minutes later] "Must have apple sauce."

Monday, September 26, 2011

Gimmee a High Five!

Here's the "That's Silly!" spread illustration I created for the October issue of Highlights High Five magazine. So much fun. How many silly things can you find?

And if anyone would be interested... I'm thinking I could put together a step-by-step for this illo.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Hulked out

A 5x7 painting for my friend Jay's birthday last week. Doesn't he make a cute Bruce Banner and an incredible Hulk? Smash!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Avada Kedavra!

Wotcha Harry Potter fans!

Just a quick note about the Gallery Nucleus Harry Potter show... There's only 11 days left! There were a couple pieces I wanted to buy but wasn't quick enough on the draw and they went to other loving homes. Oh well.

Also, I'm pleased to announce that 1 of my 2 pieces is still available. Harry seeking the snitch has sold but Voldemort (Voldy to his friends) is waiting to adorably terrorize someone's wall. If you just so happen to like cute evil villains and would like to become his master, here's the link to the Gallery Nucleus website store:


Thursday, July 07, 2011

Studio 5!

I'm excited to announce that I've been inducted as the newest member of Studio Five! We are now a group of 7 children's book writers and illustrators in Orange and San Diego Counties who work together to make the best possible books for children. I'm looking forward to spending more time with my group member friends, learning and growing as artists.

Thanks for the warm welcome Bob Singer, Marilyn Scott-Waters, J.H. Everett, J.R. Johnson, Andrew Mitchell, Kim Dwinell and Alice Provensen! (Who I had the pleasure of taking a photo with last week. Such a beautiful woman! and had you heard... she's a Caldecott Medal recipient!)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Harry Potter - in progress

Hey Gang! Just thought I'd share an 'in-progress' photo of the paintings I'm working on this week. I'm having so much fun with my ink and watercolor. It feels like I haven't held a brush in forever and I'm more than a little addicted!

I finished Voldemort last night (I need a title, any suggestions?) and will be painting Dumbledore/Harry today. That one's called "Alas! Ear wax!" Haha.

Here is a link to Gallery Nucleus if you'd like to check out the exhibition info. The show's July 9th at 7pm. Mark your calendars!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

The Youngest Seeker in a Century

Gallery Nucleus has a tribute blog and upcoming exhibition on July 9th dedicated to one of my favorite things ever... Harry Potter!

I did this small painting (ink and watercolor) that will be included on the blog and in the show. I chose to depict Harry playing Quidditch because when I first read Sorcerer's Stone, that was one of my, "Woooow, cool!" moments with all the action and suspense and humor that comes along with the sport. And JKR did such an amazing job creating her own sport, too don't you think?! You know, I think if I were to ever play Quidditch, I think I'd like to be the seeker... or a beater :)

I plan on doing a few more of these little 5x5 paintings because they're just too much fun. My next one will have Dumbledore in it, I think. I love all the characters, but he may be my absolute favorite... or maybe the twins... or Mrs. Weasley... or... Haha, I can't decide!

Who's your favorite Harry Potter character?

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Monday, April 11, 2011

Yuck Stop

Some illustrations for an issue of Pockets Magazine.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

What an honor!

I woke this morning and found a very exciting email waiting for me... childrensillustrators.com made me their Illustrator of the Month for March! I am so honored! Here's a screen shot of the home page today, (you can't see my name, but that's my little blue bird :-) and how cool is it that the current featured artist is my good friend Ken Min!

Monday, February 28, 2011

Robots and dragons and cake, oh my.

Just discovered these games are now available on the Lakeshore Learning website. yay!

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Candy Rush now available in the App store!

Woah, 2 posts in 2 days. Unprecedented! But I just had to tell you THIS...

Appy Entertainment just released a new App for the iPhone and iPad called Candy Rush and guess who created the art for it?! ME!

Candy Rush is a fun and fast-paced puzzle game where you run a Candy store and package candy box orders using assorted candy treats like truffles, chocolate covered strawberries, and candy canes in different combinations and special orders.

The guys at Appy are fantastic (and handsome) blokes who did an amazing job putting this game together. They were a delight to work with and get this, they even named the main character after me. LOL!

So if you'd like to meet Katie the Candy Shop owner and help her deliver candy boxes to her sugar crazy patrons, It would be beyond awesome if y'all would check it out! You can learn more about it, see more screen grabs and buy it here!

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

SDG&E Kid's Corner

Hey all! So a little over a year ago, San Diego Gas & Elec called and asked if I'd create artwork for an 'ultimate tree fort' interactive website dedicated to teaching kids how to conserve resources. And today I just discovered it's live and working!


Basically, you scroll over elements in the fort and click the ones that move. Then information pops up with a characterization of the object you clicked on and you can also print out a coloring page of that character.

It's so great to see it up and animated. The genius web guys over at SDG&E did a great job!

I'm really proud and thankful to have been a part of this project. Not only is it so important to teach kids (and adults) the importance of conservation, but this project also took me back to my childhood summers when the neighborhood kids and I would go down to the canyon and build massive tree houses out of scrap wood, cloth and tarp. Our forts weren't nearly as cool as the one I got to design here, but they were pretty darn close (in our imaginations). Those were really great times but this time it was really fun to build a fort again without the splinters and bugs, haha.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Family Night

Pizza, board games and loved ones equals a night went spent! I think I'll plan a game night for next week. You should too!

(This piece was created for the Feb issue of the Friend Magazine)

Monday, January 03, 2011

Warm Fuzzies

I wish you all the warmest of fuzzies for the new year! A toast to having dreams and goals and the hard works it takes to accomplish them! We can do it!

(This piece was for the January 2011 issue of the Friend Magazine)